Michael Row Your Boat Ashore

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"Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore" also known as "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" is an African-American spiritual with strong historical connections.

It was first noted during an incident in the American Civil War in 1863; when, at St. Helena Island, South Carolina, former slaves whose owners had left the island prior to the arrival of the Union navy, sang the song while rowing across the water.

Witnessed by Charles Pickard Ware, a Harvard graduate and an abolitionist, he recorded the song in music notation. Consequently, the song was first published in the collection of spirituals "Slave Songs of the United States" in 1867.

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Derrick, United States

26 September 2011 at 1:27pm

I taught elementary school music for 8 years on St.Helena Island,SC and I sang this song with my students.There was a time when almost everyone knew it,but now a lot of younger people have never heard it.Time to sing it again.Keep folk songs alive!

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Barrack Hussein Obama, Washington D.c., Colombia

12 March 2010 at 4:49pm

This will be the greatest kid song!

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Katie, Hilo, Ha

12 March 2010 at 4:42pm

ha ha ya nice

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